RouteNote’s Ahrix is shooting up the Billboard charts with Nova

Ahrix, one of RouteNote’s favourite artists, is shooting up the electronic charts as his single Nova hits it’s highest place in the charts yet!

Ahrix is a 20 year old Dutch producer who has built up a massive fanbase since starting at the age of 14 with millions around the world listening to his music. His biggest track ‘Nova’ has returned to the charts four years after it first released moving all the way up to 24th place in Billboard’s ‘Hot Dance/Electronic songs’.

As with all the artists who use RouteNote, working with Ahrix is always a joy and we’re thrilled to see him doing so well – especially as one of the artists on our Outertone label. Alan Walker who RouteNote also works with is just one place lower in 25th with his track ‘Alone’, with Ahrix taking Walker’s spot from last week in 24th place.

Listen to Ahrix’s charting banger Nova below:


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Abbey Road Studios gets a giant transformation with new recording spaces

Abbey Road Studios have added 2 new recording spaces to their internationally renowned studios in “one of the biggest events in Abbey Road Studios’ unique history”.

The two new additions to the award winning Abbey Road studio facilities opens up even more opportunities for artists, making it ‘accessible to all recording artists, from emerging songwriters and groups to established musicians’. The two new rooms have been created from a renovation of the main townhouse front room and the garage area. The new spaces are named ‘The Gatehouse’ and ‘The Front Room’ and are available at more affordable prices compared to their ‘legendary’ Studio One, Two and Three.

The Gatehouse (pictured at the top) is a modern tracking studio which includes a multi-surfaced live room and isolated vocal booth along with a large control room and mixing desk. Stocked with the must-have technology preferred by today’s artists, it’s the perfect space for a small band or vocal act and offers optional vintage gear packages on request. The room is suited to cater to both analogue and digital based recordings, being optimised for both in it’s multi-surfaced live space.

The Front Room (pictured below) meanwhile is perfect for recordings on a smaller scale. Comprising of a live room and control room, The Front Room has been carefully designed for smaller-scale recording and music production. The studio has access to Abbey Road’s extensive range of outboard and plugins, and optional vintage equipment is available on request.

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Managing Director at Abbey Road Studios, Isabel Garvey said: “The opening of the new studios is one of the biggest events in Abbey Road Studios’ unique history. It shows our commitment to quality recording, the creative environment and our belief that combined with our award-winning expertise, we can attract a whole new generation of artists through our doors.

“We are investing in our core business to ensure we maintain Abbey Road as a vibrant recording studio, with the two new studios designed to expand our appeal to a wide range of music creators.” With the two new varied spaces Abbey Road now has a comprehensive offering of recording spaces with the facilities for anything from large orchestral recordings, to a single person overdubbing.

Pandora’s new music streaming service has launched – Pandora Premium

After a giant lead-up by Pandora, the new Pandora Premium music streaming service is now rolling out offering an all new music experience from Pandora.

Pandora have begun the launch of their long-awaited Premium music streaming service, taking after on-demand veterans like Spotify and Deezer. The new service offers a typical $9.99 service and blends ad-free, on-demand streaming with Pandora’s radio-inspired features.

If you’re an artist/musician/producer you can upload your music to Pandora Premium for free with RouteNote and get a bunch of awesome analytics features offered exclusively by Pandora. Sign up at or find out more here:

In a statement released alongside the launch of Pandora Premium, Pandora said:

When we set out to build a premium music experience – one that would set the new standard for what a music service could be – we knew it had to be truly personal, be thoughtfully designed and take the work out of managing your world of music.

To do this, we took advantage of two of our core strengths: Our unrivaled understanding of music via the Music Genome Project and the massive amount of data we have from 81 million listeners just like you – things like station adds, thumbs (we have more than 75 billion!), searches and skips.

The result is Pandora Premium: A combination of the Pandora radio you already love, the ability to search and play any track or album and a set of playlist features tailored to your preferences. It’s totally unique to you, easy to use and loaded with amazing features for $9.99 a month.

Your Favourite Music

Open Pandora Premium and you’ll see the familiar look and feel that has always made Pandora so easy to use. In “My Music,” every station you’ve ever created, the albums and songs you collect and the playlists you create live in a simple, combined list with your most recent music at the top. And waiting for you as soon as you upgrade is your “My Thumbs Up” playlist, a collection of every song you’ve ever thumbed up across all your stations — a timeline of your greatest hits on Pandora.

Playlists, not worklists

Everyone loves playlists, but not everyone has time to make them. You’ve probably had this happen before: you think of three or four songs for a “Workout” or “Study” playlist, but building the rest of it just feels like work. In Pandora Premium, start a playlist with one or two songs of your choice, tap “Add Similar Songs” and put the power of our Music Genome Project to work to quickly and effortlessly create the perfect playlist for any activity, mood or party. No other service makes playlist creation so fun and easy.


The Power of Thumbs

We pioneered personalizing your radio stations by thumbing tracks up or down. Thumbing up a song on a station tells us you want more. Nothing changes in Pandora Premium, except now we’ve given you a way to come back to those thumbed up songs again and again. Thumb up a handful of songs on your favorite radio station and Pandora Premium will automatically create a playlist of these songs. Thumb more songs and we’ll add those to the playlist too. So whether you want to set it and forget it, or just play your favorites, Pandora Premium has you covered.

New Music for you… and only you

Everything in Browse — your home for new music — is tailored to you every week. In Pandora Premium, this now includes a set of album recommendations. But unlike other services that just surface the most obvious popular content, if you listen to a specific genre like hip hop or jazz, you are going to see the latest releases in those specific genres here.

A smarter approach to search

Finding what you want to hear in a sea of 40 million songs can be exhausting for even the most patient music fan. In Pandora Premium, we’ve done the hard work of separating the killer from the filler for you. We’ve filtered out karaoke tracks, knock-off covers and pet sounds (but not Pet Sounds) that slow down other services. You get fast, accurate search results that get even smarter over time.

Take it all with you

With Pandora Plus we introduced our predictive offline feature that automatically downloads your top stations and switches you to one of them when you lose a signal. We’re bringing that feature to Pandora Premium, and adding the ability to download any album, song or playlist you want with no limits.

Music that looks as good as it sounds

Pandora Premium features a completely redesigned Now Playing experience that dynamically changes color based on the artwork of the music you’re listening to. You’ll also find a new menu for quickly collecting, downloading and sharing, and a new layout for playback controls, including the replay button we introduced with Pandora Plus.

More on the way…

Very soon, we’ll add a bunch more to Pandora Premium. This includes AutoPlay, which picks up right where your song, album or playlist ends to ensure the music never ends unless you hit pause. We’ll also make Pandora Premium available on more devices and offer a desktop web experience that builds on the stunning update we just made available to our ad-supported and Pandora Plus desktop listeners.

Pandora Premium has begun rolling out now for the next week.
Sign up for an invite to join here:

Harmonix, Rock Band creators, are making an epic musical card game

The video game studio responsible for awesome music games like Rock Band and Dance Central are working on a card game with a musical difference.

Harmonix are veterans in the world of music gaming, responsible for bringing the dreams of guitar hero to drummers, singers and even keyboards through video games. Now Harmonix are bringing their blend of games and music to the board with ‘Dropmix’, a card game that lets you mash up tracks together.

Dropmix uses unique NFC-enabled cards, each representing different parts of a song cut up into it’s own piece. Using the 60 cards that come included in the game you can combine the different track elements together to create an entirely unique mash-up. The core cards include music from Ed Sheeran, The Jackson 5, Franz Ferdinand, The Weeknd, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more.

Hasbro, who have partnered with Harmonix for Dropmix, will be launching add-on card packs for the game with 16 card packs available for $14.99 and 5 card packs for $4.99. Hasbro say that they expect to have 300 cards launched by the end of the year. Whilst the game seems fun and unique, I’m not sure if I respect the additional add ons, especially if with 300 cards only 60 are coming with the pack.

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Whilst you can play with the game yourself, creating bizarre and unique mashups of different song elements, there is of course a competitive element to Dropmix. The game works with an app that allows you to save and share your creations and also go up against others as you build up an ever-changing and evolving song.

With the Dropmix app you can dock your phone onto the board or table and it will take control of sharing songs, keeping score during competitive games and more.

How to make money on your SoundCloud tracks from the first play for free

Monetizing your tracks on SoundCloud is now easier than ever before and this guide will show you how you can quickly start making money from your song’s first play FREE with RouteNote.

SoundCloud have just made an update that enhances their upload process so that you can set it up for monetization straight from it’s launch. So make the most of your music and get paid for all your hard work every single time someone listens to your music, with these simple steps:

Step 1

The first step is to decide a release date, as you want to upload the release as early as possible for day one monetisation.

Fill in all your information as usual, except under “Availability” (may appear under Monetization instead) where you want to schedule the track for at least a week later.

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This will make the track private with a sharable link that we can use to monetize your track

Step 2

Log in to your account at or create a free account.

Upload your track to RouteNote selecting SoundCloud as a store (you can also upload your music for free to Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Apple Music and more for free here).

Once your track has been uploaded and approved (you will receive an email to notify you of this) you need to add the song’s private link from SoundCloud into the SoundCloud section of your RouteNote account.

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There is a full guide here on this step:

Step 3

Once you have completed Step 2 you should receive an email from us when your track is monetised. You can confirm this by looking for the blue dollar symbol under your track saying that “This track is monetizable”.

Now you can take your track off of private or wait for the date you scheduled and the track will upload ready to earn money off of every play from the start!

It’s as easy as that.

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